Mexico's Holiday Attractions - Places to Visit

Holidays to Mexico are renowned for being the ultimate blend of sunshine, entertainment, culture and natural splendor. Lie back on the golden sands of one of the Yucatan's many tropical beaches or take a trip back in time as you explore the Mayan temple at Palenque. Swim with dolphins at Nueva Vallarta beach or indulge in the archaeological wonders and carnival atmosphere of Veracruz.

The Yucatan and Pacific coast areas are famous for their magnificent beaches and spectacular marine life. Acapulco, Cancun, Isla Cozumel, Zihuatanejo and Isla Mujeres are some of the resort towns in the area that are popular with scuba divers and sun worshippers from around the globe. Snorkel with schools of brightly coloured fish off the coast of Tulum Maya or discover the treasures of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected areas of tropical forest in the world. Take a boat trip to the tranquil palm fringed beach of Las Animas or explore the mangrove tunnels of Cuyutlan that are renowned for their giant turtles. Those with a taste for adrenaline can even book themselves on a nighttime crocodile tour of the lagoons of Parque Punta Sur.

Just north of the Yucatan region are the equally impressive areas of Oaxaca and Veracruz. The city of Veracruz is well known for its talented salsa dancers, carnival atmosphere and friendly residents, while the hill country that lies to the south of the city is renowned for its cigar factories. It is here that you can watch Mexican cigars being rolled and enjoy a puff or two as you take in the dramatic view of the snow peaked volcanoes that are characteristic of the region. Oaxaca is famous for its endless valleys that are seeped in Mixtec and Zapotec cultural heritage. Historical and archaeological sites in the region include the impressive 16th -century Baroque Church of Santo Domingo, the ancient ruins of Monte Alban, the hilltop fortress of Guiengola and the Palace of the Dead at Milta.

The Chiapas and Tabasco regions are also a history and cultural enthusiast's paradise. The world famous Olmac stone heads are situated in the west of Tabasco in the Parque La Venta while the tombs of classical Mayan rulers can be found at the Templo de las Inscripciones in Palenque. The timeless village of San Juan Chamula provides you with a glimpse into the ancient world of Mayan religion, while those looking to escape from civilization and revisit the magic of the past can hike to the Mayan sites buried deep in the forest areas near Bonampak and Yaxchilan.

The central and northern areas of Mexico include the semitropical states of Jalisco and Michoacan, the old mining towns of Zacatecas and Real de Catorce and the buzzing hub of Mexico City. Visit the Monarch butterfly sanctuary near El Rosario and witness millions of Monarch butterflies sailing through the air. The more adventurous can take their guns out of their holsters at the Old West Theme Park in Durango before catching the Tequila Express Train through the famous tequila distillery areas of Jalisco. Explore the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City that covers all the fascinating cultures throughout Mexico's colourful history before setting your taste buds on fire at one of the city's vibrant markets such as La Merced. From ancient archaeological marvels to natural wonders and feisty fiestas, Mexico has it all. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find something to delight you in this lively piece of paradise.

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